What do the three have in common?
I was inspired to think about my voice after following blogger Eden Riley’s trip to Africa with World Vision in April. Not my singing voice, mind you, but the voice that might be used to touch people, to make a difference. I know there were others similarly inspired, because I read as much on a few blogs, such as here.
Since I’ve had to pare back my formerly heavy involvement in social media this year, I’ve only fleetingly caught some of the recent blog posts and tweets that have been circulating about “the state of the blogosphere”; the apparent competition, backstabbing, trolling, judgement. It seems to have made some more wary about what they blog, and how intimate they should be. The atmosphere has led some to question their authenticity, their blog’s purpose and direction, their own motives, their voice, and in many cases, that’s just not fair.
The Voice, in essence, is a show about singing yet I feel I’ve learnt a lesson about blogging from watching and listening to contestant, Darren Percival, especially when he sang last week’s moving rendition of “I Believe”.
I don’t know much about Darren, his personal life or his background. I only know as much as the show has revealed – that he’s 40, married with a young family and a vocal looping artist.
Yet through his voice, he touches people, he reaches them, he moves them, leaving behind an indelible mark. His joy and passion for singing is glaringly obvious. It’s written all over his face when he sings, through his smile, when he closes his eyes, as if experiencing a spiritual moment, when he sheds a tear or few. His demonstrated humility makes him seem genuine, authentic, honest, sincere, trustworthy, even though we don’t personally know him. And all this through the power and influence of his voice.
As bloggers, we share our voice and our lives in a way we feel most comfortable with and on the path we believe most appropriate for us. I don’t believe we have to, need to, or should be pressured to reveal everything deeply personal about ourselves. Yet this does not make us inauthentic or mean people can’t or won’t connect with our hearts, our intent, our spirit through our writing and social media interaction. I look at the impact of Darren Percival and I believe that to be true.
And if we are being true to ourselves and our own voice, shouldn’t that be what matters most?
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